Farmer Profile

Freya Nolin

Freya Nolin

 Newcastle NSW, Australia
 New South Wales
All Areas
 Both disability support workers.
 Freya: Farming intern, environmental technician, gardener, environmental field worker. Ballyn: Farming intern, florist, sales assistant/kitchen hand, green army participant.
 0-1 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Aquaculture 4
  • Mixed Farming 4
  • Other livestock 3
  • Pig Farming 3
  • Goats 3
  • Sheep 3
  • Beef 3
  • Chickens 3
  • Dairy 3
  • Market garden 2
  • Specialty Crops 2
  • Orchard 2
  • Broad Acre Cropping 2
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Rice 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Sales 2
  • Orcharding 2
  • Fencing 2
  • Animal Husbandry 2
  • Machinery Operation 2
  • Business Management 1
  • Livestock Mustering 1
  • Human Resources 1
  • Marketing 1
  • Agronomy 1
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Planning 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Regenerative 4
  • Organic 3
  • Grass fed 3
  • Permaculture 2
  • Urban 1
  • Conventional 1
  • Biodynamic 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

We were caretaking a rural property for the beginning of 2020, and completed a farm internship together at the end of that year. We have applied for another internship for autumn of this year and have been offered an interview for that position soon. We have been visiting and talking to farmers in our area, including recent recent visits to Yeo Farm and Limestone Permaculture. We have completed, or are in the process of completing, online courses in regards to farming and farm management (including UWA's agriculture, economics and nature course, Cooperative farming online course, foundations of holistic management, and Cornell Small Farms Program farm hub course), and Freya is currently in her second year studying regenerative agriculture with Southern Cross University.

Why are you passionate about farming?

As kids both of us spent a lot of time on farms and stations owned by older family members, Ballyn in the Southern Highlands in NSW and Freya in the Western Australian wheatbelt. Unfortunately those operations have all now been sold, but not before instilling in us both a love of the land and rural lifestyle. We are both passionate about sustainability and believe that agriculture done right can be the perfect win-win situation, where good, nutritious food can be produced while having a beneficial impact on natural resources and biodiversity. We are also strong believers in food sovereignty and local food systems, and we believe that by running a successful and regenerative farming operation we will be best placed to make a difference in these areas.

Best days of being a farmer:

Our dream farm could be anywhere in Australia (part of the fun would be adapting to local conditions), but ideally we'd like to be somewhere coastal. We'd love to have diversity on our farm - at the moment we're very interested in marine permaculture and diverse aquaculture systems involving different species of shellfish and seaweed. Our best days would be the ones when we could spend the most time outdoors, and that contain the greatest variety of tasks. We both love learning new things, so days that involved learning new skills, problem-solving, research, or discovering new ways of doing things would definitely be some of the best. We would also like to use the opportunity of running a farm to educate and inspire others about regenerative and sustainable farming practices, so days when we can run or host workshops, or farm tours, would also be some of the best days. While we're sure that the early days of having a farm will be busy and exciting, we think our best days will be when we have been working on the same land for long enough to see patterns and changes over time. The best days will be when we have had time to learn from our mistakes and can see improvements over time. Seeing increases in biodiversity, improved ecosystem functioning, and a healthy landscape on land that we are stewarding would be incredibly rewarding.